Written by Bella Dalima
22 Aug, 2014 | 8:57 pm
While several areas in the country experienced rain in the past few days, other areas are experiencing strong winds at the moment. Due to the inclement weather condition trees were uprooted in several ares in Colombo on Friday.
Vehicular movement along the Duplication Road in Colpetty was hampered due to an uprooted tree in the area.The tree fell on a car and a three-wheeler resulting in heavy traffic congestion.
Meanwhile, communities living in drought-affected areas of Hambantota received rainfall since early Friday morning.
Residents from the Lunugamwehera in Sooriyaweva, Hambantota who were inconvenienced by the drought, received rainfall after eight months. The Department of Meteorology states that rains can be expected in areas with dry weather conditions during the second inter monsoonal period.
With heavy rainfall experienced in the Galle town a number of roads were already inundated after the initial rains.
Our correspondent stated that the Kaluwella road as well as the Abdul Wahab Mawatha were inundated in the Kongaha junction due to the Moragoda waterway overflowing. Galle recorded a rainfall of 81.1 ml while the Thawalama area recorded a rainfall of 101 ml.
Meanwhile, Aluthwala Road in Hikkaduwa was inundated, causing disruption in vehicular movement in the area. Trees which were uprooted in the Marawala, and Medagama areas long the Chillaw – Colombo main road, resulted in traffic congestion in these areas.
Our correspondent stated that vehicular movement was disrupted for a period of fifteen minutes on the routes in question. Our correspondent added that fishermen in Chilaw refrained from setting out to sea owing to the prevalent weather conditions.
The Department of Meteorology notes that the fishing community should remain vigilant as winds speeds could increase to 70 kmph. Our correspondent stated that over 1000 acres of paddy lands in areas including Marawala, Meegoda were destroyed due to heavy showers.
Meanwhile, the Department of Meteorology states that heavy mist was experienced in the Nuwara Eliya, Badulla and Bandarawela areas. Duty Meteorologist Jeewan Karunarathna added that the Hambantota area could expect further rainy conditions.
Landslide and rock slide warnings have been issued to areas of Kalutara, Galle, Matara and Kegalle districts.The National Building Research Association has stated that communities living in these areas should remain cautious.
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